Traits And Red Flags to Look For in a Personal Trainer

Finding a personal trainer can be a challenging task. With so many options, deciding who could be the perfect fit for your fitness journey becomes difficult. A personal trainer can help you achieve your fitness goals by giving you the right guidance and motivation. Nonetheless, not every personal trainer possesses the same skills and expertise. Here are some things to look for when searching for a personal trainer and some to avoid.

  • Qualifications and Certifications


When looking for a personal trainer, one of the most important things to consider is their qualifications and certifications. Look for a trainer who has completed a recognized certification program, such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the American Council on Exercise (ACE). These programs ensure trainers have the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective training.


In addition to their certification, look for a trainer with experience working with clients like yourself. For example, to lose weight, find a trainer with experience working with clients with similar goals.

  • Personality and Communication


Another important factor to consider when choosing a personal trainer is their personality and communication skills. You will spend much time with your trainer, so you must get along well with them. A good trainer should be able to motivate and inspire you while providing constructive criticism and feedback.


Communication is also essential. Your trainer should be someone who listens to your concerns and goals and who can adjust their training plan accordingly. They should also be able to explain exercises and techniques clearly and effectively.

  • Availability and Flexibility


When choosing a personal trainer, it is important to consider their availability and flexibility. Ensure that their schedule aligns with yours and that they can accommodate any scheduling changes or cancellations. A good trainer should be understanding, flexible, and able to work around your schedule.


In addition, consider the trainer’s location and whether it is convenient for you. If the trainer is located too far away, it may be difficult to schedule sessions regularly.

  • Cost and Value


Cost is another important factor to consider when choosing a personal trainer. While you do not want to choose a trainer solely based on cost, finding one who fits your budget is important. Look for a trainer who offers reasonable rates and is transparent about pricing. Avoid trainers who try to upsell you on unnecessary products or services.


In addition to cost, consider the value that the trainer provides. Look for a trainer who provides personalized training plans and can help you achieve your goals. A good trainer should also be able to provide advice and support outside of training sessions.

  • Red Flags to Avoid


While there are many great personal trainers, there are also some red flags to watch out for. Here are some things to avoid when choosing a personal trainer:


  1. Lack of Certification: Avoid trainers who do not have a recognized certification. Certification ensures that trainers have completed a recognized program and have the knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective training.


  1. One-Size-Fits-All Approach: Avoid trainers who use a one-size-fits-all approach to training. Every client is unique and requires a personalized training plan.


  1. Lack of Communication: Avoid trainers who do not communicate effectively. A good trainer should listen to your concerns and goals and should be able to adjust their training plan accordingly.


  1. Pushy Sales Tactics: Avoid trainers who use pushy sales tactics to sell products or services. A good trainer should be transparent about their pricing and should not upsell you on unnecessary products.


  1. Lack of Experience: Avoid trainers who do not have experience working with clients like yourself. Look for a trainer with experience working with clients with similar goals, fitness levels, and health conditions.




The right personal trainer is crucial for achieving your fitness goals and improving your overall health and well-being. A good trainer should be certified, experienced, and able to provide personalized training plans that align with your goals and abilities. They should also have strong communication skills, be flexible with their schedule, and offer reasonable rates. By avoiding trainers lacking these qualities, you can ensure your fitness journey is safe, effective, and enjoyable. With the right personal trainer, you can reach new heights in your fitness journey and achieve the desired results.


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Chad has been my personal trainer for over 10 years.  He is very dedicated and resourceful as a trainer.  I would highly recommend Chad.  He has kept my body healthy through all these years and in my 50s. Chad is also very accommodating to working with your schedule. Wouldn't go anywhere else.

Joan C

I love working out with Chad! I have been working out with him for the past year and a half and have had the best results compared with other trainers. Chad’s dedication to his clients, humor, warmth and expertise are a winning combination. I look forward to our sessions and always leave feeling stronger, more flexible and energetic. I highly recommend Chad.

Brittany chick

I have been working with Chad (the trainer) for almost three years now and have gone through an amazing transformation! He bonds greatly with his clients and is a very qualified trainer. He tailors workouts to individual clients and has helped me perform better as an equestrian and achieve my physique goals. If you are looking for a great one-on-one trainer, I would highly recommend.

Yvonne C.

When I started going to the fit factor I went in thinking I had a pretty good knowledge of weight lifting and exercise without having much to improve. I was so wrong! Chad was incredible and really took the time to explain and show proper technique as well as a variety of different exercises that I had never done before. I now have much more confidence in my form and have a really great and well rounded routine. Additionally, Chad catered to my personal goals and really listened to what I wanted to accomplish. I cannot recommend The fit factor and Chad enough!

Giuseppe Leonelli

I have been weight lifting for over five years but have never had dedicated instruction from a trainer. Chad was able to notice where my form was failing and correct it immediately. He also guided me towards effective exercises so that I could keep achieving my goals and moving up. After a couple of months of working with him I was able to see some great results. Chad knows his stuff!

Jonas Escobedo

Chad has been great with not only the types of specialized workouts each session but also with checking in after the sessions. He has a real passion for seeing people make big health changes; which makes it fun. Would highly recommend!

William Gotschewski

I went to Chad looking to get back in shape and lose weight, which had crept up from working long hours. Chad was super patient and non-judgmental. We started at a level where I would see results but not get so sore or so disappointed at what I could not do it. He focused on what I could do if I pushed myself hard and taught me that step/skill building was an integral part of the process. We also talked about nutrition and self-care. As other reviews have mentioned, he cares about his clients beyond the appointment time, and wants them to make positive change to their lives that will stick. I lost 30+ pounds and I am in the best shape of my life. I have been able to maintain this for 2 years. He taught me how to create a sustainable workout plan. Even during the pandemic I was able to maintain my weight and my fitness level thanks for his frequent check-ins and the solid fitness base we created through his work and fitness mentorship. I highly recommend him!

Tere Ramos

I started with Chad in August 2020, my first semester of college was cancelled and i needed something active to do. At that point I was a small underweight kid looking to gain muscle and gain weight. I went to Chad 3 times a week until late January 2021. Those 5 months were great, I really enjoyed going to chad and it was the highlight of my week and something I would look forward to going to 3 times every week. Throughout this time Chad has perfected my form on workouts and had a great and unique workout for me everytime. I went in weighing 125 pounds at 5’10 and now I weigh 150 pounds after the five months. Not only did Chad give workouts but he also gave me a diet for me to follow so I could maximize my time with him. He really personalizes workouts for each person. Currently i’m in the best shape of my life and am super confident in my body. GO TO FIT-FACTOR!!

Declan Gulley